Whether we are escaping the mundanity of our restricted lives or the messiness of our social media feeds, a woman’s nighttime routine has become a much-needed tool to disconnect and relax. In a new series “How I Wind Down…”, we speak to a lot of different women about how they prepare for a restful evening.

Carmella Rose
Credit: Megan Batson

Model Carmella Rose’s countless magazine covers and campaigns (think Fenty, Alo Yoga and MAXIM) were the result of a happy accident as a teenager. She and her friends would get dressed up and pose around their hometown of Redlands in California taking photos with an old-school digital camera. At the time Instagram was brand new, and what began as a bit of fun garnered the attention of designers and photographers.

At 18 years old, Rose turned her passion into a career and seven years later has amassed a huge following. While much of her time is spent in front of the camera, her work has come to feature activist roles, her latest gig as a Unicef NextGen Ambassador. Understandably, a chaotic schedule means carving out meaningful me time. Here GRAZIA explores the model’s nighttime routine.

GRAZIA: Can you describe your nighttime beauty routine?

“First, I love to cleanse with my favourite makeup wipes by PCA Skin to [remove] any mascara or difficult areas on my face that have foundation. Next, I cleanse my skin with a cleanser by Osmosis MD, which I got from my aesthetician, Sarah Ford. I rinse with cold water and gently dry my face. After, I follow with her toner and rescue serum to even out and repair [the skin]. Followed by the Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream by Biossance. And to top off my skin, I throw on the quench moisturiser by Osmosis MD.”

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How do you wind down after a busy day?

“I love to just put on my comfiest PJ’s, grab some chamomile tea, and throw on some Netflix.”

How do you decorate your space to assist in falling asleep?

“I have a little Himalayan lamp next to my bed to help with my mood and energy levels. It’s believed to reduce air pollution, which is needed especially living in Los Angeles. Another thing I do is turn my phone on airplane mode, so I’m not disturbed and sleep with a brown noise on for a deeper sleep.”

What time do you go to sleep?

“I really don’t have a specific time, just whenever my body is ready. But usually, that’s anywhere around 10pm to 12 am.”

Do you plan the next day’s look the night before or in the morning? If so, what’s your go-to look for an easy morning the next day?

“I usually plan my next look the morning of unless I have to wake up early for something or it’s a special occasion. However, my go-to look for an easy morning is some lounge shorts and a pullover or sports bra, depending on the weather. That way, I can still be cozy while running errands but also ready to be in public.”

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